Cold Brew Corpse: A Coffee Lover's Mystery by Tara Lush
About Cold Brew Corpse:
Cold Brew Corpse: A Coffee Lover's Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting - Florida
Crooked Lane Books (December 7, 2021)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B08Y8DJVGJ
Other Digital ISBN-13: 9781643857893
Espresso bar owner Lana Lewis returns in Tara Lush's second Coffee Lover's mystery, a stimulating read that fans of Cleo Coyle and Laura Childs will savor to the last drop.
It's a steamy September, and business is brisk at Perkatory, the hottest coffee shop in Devil's Beach, FL. Much of the clientele pours in from Dante's Inferno, the hot yoga studio next door. But the bright, sunny Gulf Coast days turn decidedly dark-roast when the body of the studio's owner turns up in a nearby swamp.
Between running Perkatory and training Stanley, her golden Shih Tzu puppy, reporter-turned-barista Lana Lewis is too busy to go sleuthing. But when the editor of the local paper asks her to write about the murder, Lana's dreams of getting back into journalism start to percolate.
Lana discovers that the yogi has a nefarious past and her share of mug shots, so grinding her way through the suspect list is a large task. She learns that the victim was fatally beaned by an SUV before she was dumped in the swamp. But was the killer one of her students? An envious yoga teacher? Or a local photographer who seems to know too much?
But no one tells Lana Lewis what to do. Hunting the caf-fiend who killed the yogi puts Lana and Chief Noah's relationship--and Lana's life--in very hot coffee.
My Review and Rating:
Cold Brew Corpse is the second book in the Coffee Lover's Mystery series. The story begins almost exactly where book 1 ends. Lana is just fresh off the competition win. Perkatory is busier than ever now that word has gotten out about their success. It also helps that the new yoga studio next door, Dante's Inferno, funnels traffic their way. When the up-and-coming owner goes missing and is later found dead in The Swamp, Lana can't wait to put on her reporter's hat and get to work.
I really enjoyed Cold Brew Corpse. The set-up of the mystery was carefully planned out and executed and the number of suspects kept me guessing. The sleuthing is done in a way I would expect a former journalist to be able execute. Lana is a wonderful heroine, her father quirky, and the rest of characters all well-developed. I loved the setting and the way the author described everything from the inside of the coffeeshop, to the beach as the characters visited, and everywhere Lana showed up, whether for work, fun, or sleuthing. Being able to envision the story as I read along is paramount to my total enjoyment of Cold Brew Corpse. Tara Lush knocked it out of the park. I am so excited to see where the author takes Lana and the whole crew in the next book.
About Tara Lush:
Tara Lush is a Florida-based author and journalist. She's an RWA Rita finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow, and the winner of the George C. Polk award for environmental journalism.
She was a reporter with The Associated Press in Florida, covering crime, alligators, natural disasters, and politics. She also writes contemporary romance set in tropical locations under the name Tamara Lush.
Tara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, seashells, iPhones, Art Deco, telenovelas, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee, and newspapers. She lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband and two dogs.
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